Man nabbed for attempted murder

Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2003

A 37-year-old Soldotna man was arraigned Monday on four felony counts, including attempted murder, and one misdemeanor count, after a shooting incident near the Duck Inn early Monday morning.

Victor Scott Bowen could face up to 130 years in jail and fines totaling $235,000 if convicted.

Bowen allegedly fired two shots from a .38 caliber revolver at 43-year-old Randy Self, also of Soldotna, after Bowen chased Self in a car into the Duck Inn parking lot at 12:39 a.m. The two had been involved in a personal dispute, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The alleged victim reportedly returned fire with a BB gun and fled to his residence on Knackstead Road in the Fern Forest Subdivis-ion near Kenai Peninsula College.

Bowen allegedly fired three shots at Self's house, once from his moving vehicle, and Self came out, this time armed with a .357 magnum pistol. Self fired six times at Bowen's truck as Bowen fled the scene.

No one was hit in the exchange of gunfire.

Troopers arrested Bowen for first-degree attempted murder, first-degree misconduct involving weapons and two counts of third-degree assault all felonies.

He also was charged with first-degree criminal trespass, a misdemeanor.

Self was not charged in the incident.

Magistrate David S. Landry set bail at $100,000 performance and $25,000 appearance with a third-party custodian required, and set the case for a preliminary hearing at 3:15 p.m. Oct. 23.

Bowen is being held in Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

If convicted, he could be sentenced up to 99 years in jail and fined up to $75,000 on the attempted murder charged; up to 20 years and $50,000 on the weapons charge; up to five years and $50,000 on each of the assault charges; and up to one year in jail and a $10,000 fine for the misdemeanor.

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